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NXT continues to expand nationally with 2 shows booked at ECW Arena

Triple H is not wasting any time with the NXT national expansion. PWInsider reports that NXT has put a hold on the 2300 Arena (formely known as ECW Arena) in Philadelphia for May 15th and May 16th. This would be the first time that WWE has run in that building since 2006 when they ran the first ECW (under the WWE banner) house show there. That show was headlined by Rob Van Dam vs. Kurt Angle with Dean Malenko as guest referee. Tommy Dreamer vs. Big Show was the co-headline match.

It’s interesting that they chose those dates because New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring Of Honor will be running shows in that arena on May 12th and May 13th. Those shows are expected to sell out.

Triple H did a question and answer session with fans during the Arnold Sports Expo on Saturday and was asked about NXT becoming it’s own brand. He pretty much said that it was something that they were doing and it all depends on how much the fans get behind it. As noted in the Wrestling Observer newsletter, WWE is looking at several ROH wrestlers to add to the NXT roster and they are just waiting on certain contracts to run out so they can begin talks.

UPDATED: WWE noted that the story on PWInsider about the 5/15 and 5/16 NXT show in Philadelphia at 2300 Arena (formerly ECW Arena) is incorrect but they did inquire for both of those dates in the building. Neither show has been decided upon.


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